I’m a bit late with last week’s This Week in Noise Nation.. so to catch up:
Category Archives: DiPro’s Dish
DiPro’s missing coat has been located! Thanks to all who participated in the search!
Yesterday at approximately 2:00pm, DiPro’s coat went missing while attending the IronPig’s new uniform release press conference. Details then were sketchy but a few leads came in that led to the eventual discovery. It was a trying time for DiPro and most definitely for his coat. Late yesterday afternoon search teams formed and scoured the area to no avail. This morning we received word that the coat has been identified by a concerned citizen who then directly contacted a joyful DiPro. Plans for the coat’s return were not immediately available.
DiPro sends his thanks and asks for privacy for him and his coat as they shall soon be reunited.
His representative did release a brief statement, “DiPro and his coat have been in touch with each other and are extremely happy this was resolved in such a timely manner. He is extremely thankful and is looking forward to weather where a coat is not necessary.”
Thanks to Kram, DiPro and Cheryl we have a video of the IronPig’s Smell the Change announcement from yesterday! Enjoy!
The Full Press Conference (It’s going to prompt you to view on Youtube and will play there)
Candid thoughts with IronPig’s General Manager, Kram and DiPro
Kram catches up with The Voice of the IronPigs Matt Provence!
Kram interviews Promotion master Morris!
The IronPig’s Official Press Release
IRONPIGS DEBUT NEW LOGOS; INCLUDE UNIQUE HAT AND UNIFORM DESIGNS
New Logo Themes Include Mouth-Watering Bacon, Molten Steel and the Iconic Liberty Bell
(Allentown, Pa.) – The Lehigh Valley IronPigs unveiled a series of bold new looks and designs today at www.SmellTheChange.com to add to their on-field hat and uniform repertoire for the 2014 season and beyond. The IronPigs primary logo and home uniform, which have been among the most popular and best-selling in Minor League Baseball since debuting, remain unchanged.
“Today marks a renewal of Minor League Baseball’s most revered and iconic brand,” remarked IronPigs President & G.M. Kurt Landes. “We worked tirelessly over the last year to develop new identities that not only embody the rich tradition of the Lehigh Valley but also the spirit of the IronPigs and our fans.”
The “Smell The Change” initiative is brought to life in the IronPigs brand-new bacon-themed Saturday ensemble, which includes a bacon strip logo transfixed to the cap, a fresh “Pigs” jersey design emblazoned across the chest as well as the first-of-its-kind bacon-style piping down both legs of the pants. Similar to years past, the Saturday top is Brick Red but now includes the endearing term, ‘’Pigs” across the chest with a wavy bacon underline. The bold new bacon strip logo sits atop a two-tone cap featuring the familiar colors of IronPigs Steel and Furnace Blue. The bacon-enriched pants, the first baseball pants to feature a logo design within the piping, are also IronPigs Steel. In addition to the cap and uniform offerings, innovative “scratch-and-sniff” t-shirts that smell like bacon (they’ll literally make your mouth water) are also now available for a limited time at the Majestic Clubhouse Store and www.IronPigs.Milbstore.com.
The IronPigs pay tribute to the Lehigh Valley’s rich steelmaking history with a brand-new, all-black Friday uniform emblazoned with a Molten Red IronPigs logo on the cap, a jet-black jersey with steel-plated chrome lettering and all black pants with IronPigs Steel piping. The molten IronPigs cap logo, which appears to be literally dripping with liquid metal due to the white-hot heat necessary to forge pig iron by smelting iron ore with coke and limestone in a blast furnace, embodies the Lehigh Valley region of Pennsylvania which is world-renowned for this process. The black jersey’s chrome lettering and numerals are meant to pay tribute to Pennsylvania’s iconic blast furnaces – including those of the Bethlehem Steel Corp. — along with the generations of men and women that poured their heart and soul into the steel manufacturing process. Steel from the Lehigh Valley is a part of this country’s most prominent landmarks, including the Golden Gate Bridge and the Empire State building. By introducing black pants to this look, the IronPigs are currently believed to be the only team to wear an all-black uniform combination in professional baseball.
The black uniform with electric highlights was purposely chosen as the new Friday home look so it serve as the ideal compliment to post-game Friday Night Fireworks at Coca-Cola Park. To coincide with this new look, the IronPigs will unveil an official “Black Out” shirt and encourage fans to wear black to all Friday home games at Coca-Cola Park.
The IronPigs will don a new powder blue and burgundy two-tone Sunday cap this season that connects the rich histories of the Lehigh Valley and Philadelphia regions with a fresh-take on the world-famous Liberty Bell. In this new design, the Bell is suspended by an I-beam, a symbol of the Lehigh Valley’s steelmaking prowess, and features metal rivets to indicate the Bell’s iconic crack. Lehigh Valley residents may also be familiar with the fact that in 1777, the Liberty Bell was hidden in Allentown so that the British army wouldn’t melt it down for munitions. The cap will be worn with the retro mesh IronPigs jersey which was introduced in 2013 to pay homage to the Phillies’ tradition-rich teams of the 1970s and 1980s in which the Phillies went to the postseason in six of eight seasons and won their first World Championship in 1980.
The new mesh batting practice cap features a rebrand of the IronPigs’ iconic primary logo by turning the traditional pig head from its typical profile position to a forward-angling design. This Furnace Blue cap provides a refreshed look to one of Minor League Baseball’s top-selling logos by adding even more facial features to the pig head badge. The official on-field batting practice cap by New Era has been completely redesigned for 2014 and features high-tech diamond texture fabric that is lightweight with breathability and wicking and even offers 50-plus UPF protection and a performance sweatband. The cap-style debuted in Major League Baseball last year and has been well-received by players and fans alike.
While the road uniform is unchanged, the interlocking ‘LV’ cap in the riveted IronPigs font has been replaced by the IronPigs primary logo on a Brick Red cap putting a fresh twist on the highly-successful logo.
Fans can check out all of the uniform designs for the 2014 season at www.SmellTheChange.com.
These brand-new on-field IronPigs jerseys and caps, as well other innovative merchandise such as “scratch-and-sniff” bacon logo t-shirts, are now available at www.IronPigs.Milbstore.com or by visiting the Majestic Clubhouse Store at Coca-Cola Park during normal business hours (Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday’s, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.). The Majestic Clubhouse Store is open daily and is the official retail store of the Lehigh Valley IronPigs.
Single-game tickets for the 2014 season go on sale during the club’s annual National Pig Day festivities at Coca-Cola Park on Saturday, March 1 at 9 a.m. Single-game tickets can also be purchased at ironpigsbaseball.com or by calling (610) 841-PIGS (7447) beginning at 1 p.m. on March 1.
Purchase a 2014 ticket plan and receive up to $144 of free Ballpark Credit on your ticket plan through June 16, 2014! That’s right, purchase any plan today and receive free Ballpark Credit as an added bonus in 2014. Ticket plans start at just $90 and provide the very best bang-for-your-buck. The more games in your plan, the more Ballpark Credit you’ll get this season. Call (610) 841-PIGS (7447) or visit Coca-Cola Park’s ticket office during normal business hours to purchase your mini plan or season ticket package today. The 2014 season is presented by Capital BlueCross.
– #smellthechange –
The IronPig’s new uniforms have been a hot topic and we set off to find out more. Prompted by DiPro’s missing coat we can only speculate that answers to our questions, and possibly DiPro’s coat can be found… In the PorkSide!
IronPigs live in the sunlit world of what they believe to be Coca Cola Park.But…there is, unseen by most, an underworld, a place that is just as real,but not as brightly lit… a PorkSide.
This is the second time we have opened the porthole to the IronPig’s underworld and we still have to be very careful. Not sure what we’ll find here and shocking news can be just as harsh as being struck by a line drive up in the Lighted side of Coca Cola Park.
There seems to be a dim light shining in the back of this tunnel. Let’s check it out. OW! Just hit my head on something! What is that? It’s a coat rack.. an empty coat rack. Ok, the PorkSide is just taunting us now. Come on, that light is peaking my curiosity.
We stumble slowly along until we find this sign:
It looks like a… Tweet. A Twitter message! We have our first clue! We have a website link! This is starting to get heavy… should we proceed?
Of course we are! Let’s do this!
Yeah, this is a fancy website. All the Pig’s new gear showcased in a very… dark… manner. There’s got to be more. If you want to see for yourself, click that sign to see the website.
My eye is drawn to the lower right portion of the page. Site Credits. Perhaps we’ll find something there…
Ah Ha! More answers and two more links to follow… the first sign was so clear with only one path. Now we have to make a choice. Which do we choose? Which leads us to what we are looking for and which leads us to our doom? Which leads us to the resting place of DiPro’s missing coat?
I’m going with the first link.
Wow! This website looks great! We made a good choice. Bright colors and smiling faces!
So these guys create baseball logos. Quite a few familiar faces here. Our beloved Pig’s logo, the Pig’s cousins the Flying Squirrels logos among many more. Is this exactly what we are looking for? Not sure yet but we’ll keep looking.
We trace our steps back and I’m thankful Kram Jr. left a trail of Peanut Chews for us to follow back to the original sign.
Now on to that second link…
Artists! Strategists! Code monkeys! Oh my!
So we now know who was truly behind the IronPig Uniform changes. We know where the new uniforms for the Majestic Clubhouse store were hidden pre press conference and we know where the Smell The Change website had been hiding all week. All in.. The PorkSide!
Still have not located DiPro’s coat.
That’s all I’m willing to stay in the PorkSide today. Stay tuned for high quality Cheryl Pursell video from the IronPig’s Press conference today!
The Porkide is always there, waiting for us to enter – waiting to enter us. Until next time, try to enjoy the daylight.
It’s a little late but here’s last week’s week in review:
- Kram started us off with a review of IronPigs down in Spring Training.
- Five not-so burning Issues.
- The buzz begins! IronPigs announce their Smell the Change campaign.
- A review of IronPig’s uniforms since 2008.
- Good smells or bad smells? Kram may have the answer.
- Great news about Pigs Radio alumni!
- We got a brief look at the dark underbelly of baseball in Tales From the Porkside.
- Decal looks back 25 years when the Olympic baseball team stopped by for a game.
- Should the IronPigs retire uniform numbers?
- Trying to understand hockey’s Icing call.
- A bit of Noise Nation world coverage.
- Mount Pigmore was revealed.
- We previewed the Steelhawk’s roster going into preseason camp.
- IronPig Spring Training notes from Kram.
- Kram, Dipro and Kram Jr. checked out the Phantom’s hockey game down in Philly.
- A final note on the IronPig’s big announcement for later today
Wow, we were busy. Here’s to another great week in Lehigh Valley sports!
The kinda-long awaited release of what the IronPigs have planned for their #SmellTheChange promotion will be revealed at 1:00pm Eastern tomorrow 2/24/2014 and the Noise Nation Staff will be there!
We’ll begin coverage around 12:45pm and carry through the entire announcement followed up by a reaction piece from Noise Nation Podcast Radio and later in the day a thorough account of the day’s activities.
Kram will be there in his Piggy Patrol jacket, we’ll see tomorrow if DiPro can find his jacket and the great Cheryl Pursell will be there cameras in hand recording this event for posterity!
Remember – Coverage begins at 12:45pm tomorrow! Stay tuned!
A NoiseNation contingent was present at the Sports Complex in South Philadelphia yesterday to cheer on the soon-to-be Lehigh Valley Phantoms. Promotion was in full swing, as the Phantoms prepare for their arrival in Allentown. Representatives were on hand to sign up prospective season ticket holders. New gear was on sale. Contact information was disseminated for those in attendance who may be willing to drive to Allentown for hockey. And with the price of NHL tickets, I predict a fair few out-of-town fans to be coming for hockey in the fall.
As we observed last season when the Phantoms played a game in Philadelphia ( here ) the locals support hockey. Even with the NHL season in full swing (there was labor strife last season) and another Phantoms game in Philly coming up (February 22) they still managed to put 16,173 in the stands for a 4-1 “Lehigh Valley” win. Of course, they still are the Adirondack Phantoms, but much of the promotion and in-game advertising promoted them as “Lehigh Valley,” noting the September 2014 “puck drops” date. This was a bit different from last season when it was purely an Adirondack game, with but a short Ryan Kelly-Service Electric Phantoms video promoting Lehigh Valley.
We left plenty early Saturday morning from points within the Lehigh Valley. A fairly empty Wells Fargo lot greeted us, and the 47 parking lot attendants wanted $16 for a parking spot. I don’t recall that we even had to pay for parking last season when the Phantoms were in town. But that’s the way it goes…
(remembered my camera….at about Landsdale. So photos are from iPhone…)
Last year, we were able to enter 30 minutes early via the VIP entrance. We looked forward to the same treatment this year as our tickets were in a similar location on the club level. It was not to be. VIP entrance remained closed until all gates opened, and it didn’t appear that the Cadillac Grille and related bar area were open at all–although I confess that I didn’t check carefully once we were allowed in our suite. No matter, just different.
The arena and ice greeted us on our arrival, but as we settled in at a club table, we discovered that they were sold out of cheese steaks. In Philadelphia. I’m not making this up.
Nevertheless, we found cheese steaks elsewhere on the concourse, some crab fries as well, and some liquid refreshment.
Once the game got underway, we enjoyed some spirited hockey. The action was plentiful and the hockey good. All I can remember from last year’s 1-0 Phantoms loss was a lot of sloppy hockey and a lot of weak wrist shots. This was a better game with lots of good plays in front of the nets by both teams. The 32 minutes in total penalty time handed out was another sign of hard play on both sides. There were two (kind-of) fights but nothing great in that area.
We previously discussed the possibility of staying in town for the Philly Wings Indoor Lacrosse game. Prices for Lacrosse tickets ranged from $10 for upper/ends to $75 for on the glass. Club level tickets which cost $33 for hockey were $55 for lacrosse. Add to that, convenience and delivery fees which about doubled a 3-seat $30 order. We decided to wait and “play it by ear.” Pumped up by the Phantom’s victory, we stopped by the ticket office for some seats and saved about $22 in fees. We had three hours to kill, then, until the arena opened back up for The Wings. The hockey game took but 2:25. We would have loved to see the changeover, but something tells me the arena staff wouldn’t have liked us loitering about inside. We went in search of food and beverage:
I’d never been to the Xfinity complex, a group of bars and restaurants at the heart of the Sports Complex. As we approached, though, we started to hear about “Beer Fest” and “Cover Charge.” This was a little more than we wanted to deal with. Junior suggested McFaddens, so we made our way on foot over to Citizens Bank Park. They were not busy at all, and we were quickly able to get beverages and sustenance. In fact, they were so efficient, we had more time to kill. It was no problem to hang out and watch the Flyers game (a 2-0 victory in LA), but we didn’t linger too long. We took a walk around the complex and took in some views:
(we certainly didn’t move our car–they wanted $20 to park for lacrosse)
The Philadelphia Wings are members of the National Lacrosse League, which has nine teams across the US and Canada. The game was to be played versus the Vancouver Stealth. There were 6,104 in attendance for the game–a nice turnout to be sure. Most folks in the stands were really into the game, which was nice to see for us as mostly observers–the uninitiated in the ways of lacrosse. We learned the sport by watching, and had a good time. Indoor lacrosse is also known as “box lacrosse” and may have some rules and strategy different from the outdoor, field version.
The first thing we noticed is that the teams platoon entirely on a change of possession, with rare exception. Once the ball is turned over, the recovering player sprints up the field, stops, and waits for the other players to go to the bench, and new attackers to join. He passes the ball then leaves the field for an offensive replacement. The defense performs a similar switcheroo. It was kind of disconcerting at first. I cannot imagine a hockey or indoor soccer team changing out completely like that. And, I kept thinking that there should be some way for a team to “counter” the measure by leaving players on the field slightly longer in order to get open looks at the net. Perhaps this is prevented by the defense joining the field prior to the offense leaving–a supposed penalty which was never called.
The next thing to notice is that the music never stops. A new rock song starts with each change of possession. It added a frenetic element to the game–but didn’t make for a relaxing or conversational atmosphere, to be sure. And make no mistake about the substitution comments above: these guys are athletes as much as hockey players or soccer or basketball. They run hard, bang into each other and swat with those sticks. A Vancouver player hit the turf after getting decked with a stick in the second half. He popped back up, but it was jarring.
We discussed the possibility of a lacrosse team playing in the new Allentown PPL Arena. Our conclusion was that it is unlikely. Recently, the other indoor lacrosse leagues–North American Lacrosse League, Professional Indoor Lacrosse League–have folded or failed to flourish. With the Philly team so close, another in the Lehigh Valley seems unlikely. We feel the most likely and comfortable partner for the Phantoms in Allentown is our friends the already established Steel Hawks professional indoor football. The league season meshes best with hockey, too. Indoor soccer and D-League basketball have already been mentioned as well. They would be candidates to become a third partner. More on this later.
Anyway, scoring sometimes came quickly, but the Wings got an early lead and never relinquished it. The final score was 15-9. The game summary and a video of the entire game can be seen here .
It was a great day of Philly sports! Two wins in two games and a lot of fun times. We made it home without incident. We look forward to the Phantoms game on February 22. It won’t be a “two-fer” though, as the next one’s an evening affair.
See you in Hockey Town,